Diocesan Digest



February 20, 2013

Wardens and Vestry Leaders Conference

March 23, 2013, Camp Mt. Luther


Safe Church Training for Vestry Leaders will be the topic of this year's  Vestry Leaders Conference.  The Diocese of Central Pennsylvania is committed to Zero Tolerance of adult sexual misconduct and/or child abuse by any member of the clergy, Postulants and Candidates for Holy Orders, staff persons, or volunteers. Clergy and all other leadership in the parish and diocesan staff need to recognize the dynamics of their relationships and the potential for harm and abuse.

Bishop David Jones, Bishop in Residence, will join us during the day. Vestry leaders will have time to network with their counterparts from across the diocese during the lunch break. All vestry leaders are encouraged to attend the training and help the diocese uphold our high standards of safety and health for all people.

Register online here.


2012 Parochial Reports Due

General ConventionBy now, all parishes should have received a mailing from The Episcopal Church’s Office of General Convention containing information about filing the 2012 Parochial Report. This report is required for all parishes and missions in the Church. Diocesan canons require that the parochial report be filed no later than March 1st each year. Moreover, timely filing of the parochial report is required to certify deputations to Diocesan Convention. Failure to file this report in a timely manner may result in loss of vote for Convention business.

Whenever possible, please file the reports online by logging in with the User ID and PIN provided in the material you received from the Office of General Convention. If you have any questions or need assistance in completing the report, please contact The Rev. Dr. David Zwifka, Director of Finance and Diocesan Administration, at your earliest convenience.

Reminder: Diocesan-Wide Online Lenten Study

Explore the topic of calling and discuss what it means to live out our vocation as Christians with people from around our diocese (and even elsewhere). This year, the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania will offer a free online Lenten study of Caroline Westerhoff's book "Calling: A Song for the Baptized," led by diocesan webmaster Lesley Carter.

Participants will have the opportunity to post questions and reflections on the book in a special, private online discussion forum beginning on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 13). Regular blog reflections on the topic of vocation are also available. To register, please email Lesley Carter with your name, the email address you wish to use for study communications, and the name of your church. (This book is available from Amazon, from Cokesbury, or used from sellers such as half.com or abebooks.com.)

We are also seeking guest writers for the blog reflections - if you would like to write 200-300 words on the topic of calling (note: you are not required to read the book to submit a reflection, although it would be helpful), please email Lesley Carter.

Convention 2013 News

The 143rd Diocesan Convention will take place at the Ramada Conference Center, State College. Registration will open online March 1, 2013.

Convention hosts: Lancaster Convocation, The Rev. Jonathan Currier and Mrs. Judy Donnelly (conveners)

Friday evening, June 7 - Briefings and discussions
Saturday, June 8 - Business session

The featured keynote speaker is The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe, bishop of the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania.


Episcopal Church Women!

The Central Pennsylvania ECW and Diocese of Central Pennsylvania Daughters of the King are pleased to announce a Lenten Day of Prayer. The Rev. Susan Claytor of All Saints Church, Hershey will lead us in Lessons from Women in the Bible. The day will include lessons and quiet times where attendees are invited to participate in optional activities or quiet study. Lunch will be provided. This day is open to all – we encourage you to invite friend and neighbors. More information is in the brochure or can be obtained from Bonnie Chambers for details and questions.

Book Review: Total Forgiveness

Thelma Strauss of Hope Church, Manheim, writes a review of "Total Forgiveness" by R.T. Kendall.  Read more reviews here.  To submit a book review for the diocesan website, contact Linda Arguedas.

WE Are the Diocese...

Read about new and exciting things that make us proud to be the Episcopal Church in Central Pennsylvania.

Bishop Baxter is on sabbatical until May 31, 2013. We are delighted to have the Rt. Rev. David Jones as our Bishop in Residence until the return of Bishop Baxter. Please welcome him to our diocese. Find out more about him here.


Stewardship Workshops for Church Leaders

Attention church leaders - stewardship workshops will be offered on April 6 at St. Thomas, Lancaster, and on April 13 at Trinity Pro-Cathedral, Williamsport.

Workshops will include Creating the Engaged Church, Encouraging the Second Visit, and The Spirituality of Stewardship. Learn more here.


For more information please email Mr. Tom Gemmel.

Dates to Remember


  • Safe Church Training, Feb. 23, St. Edward's, Lancaster
  • Parochial reports are due by March 1.
  • Middle School Lenten Retreat, March 15-17, Camp Mt. Luther
  • Godly Play - March 16, St. Andrew's, State College
  • Safe Church Training for Vestry Leaders - March 23, Camp Mt. Luther (Vestry Leaders Conference). Register online here.
  • Diocesan Clergy Renewal of Vows - March 26, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Harrisburg.  The Rt. Rev. Stacy F. Sauls, Chief Operating Officer for the Episcopal Church, will be guest preacher and speaker.
  • Diocesan Convention (business session) is June 8.
  • Bishop's Cup Golf Tournament is June 17 at Iron Valley Golf Club.


Remember in Your Prayers


The Ven. Molly Solbak, Archdeacon for Deacons, who continues her recovery from hip surgery.

The Rev. Kim Brooks, long-term supply priest at St. Stephen's Mt. Carmel and Holy Trinity, Shamokin, who is at home recovering from extensive leg surgery to repair damage sustained in a recent fall.


The complete diocesan prayer list is available on the website.


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